ERIC Number: ED390161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
How Students Have Changed: A Call to Action for Our Children's Future.
In a survey of the 1994 finalists in the National Superintendent of the Year program, superintendents from all 50 states identified 10 major ways in which students had changed since the 1960s. Dysfunctional families, the influence of high technology, and threats of crime and violence headed the list. This booklet describes change among American students and within American society. It also presents the superintendents' recommendations for dealing with the challenges facing today's schools and communities. The introduction provides a snapshot of contemporary culture and a brief overview of the effects of past decades on American society. Part 1 lists the major changes that superintendents found characteristic of today's students. Part 2 examines the changes in detail, and part 3 includes recommendations from educators for addressing the changes. Recommendations include: (1) teach kids to be socially competent; (2) create a learning environment in the home; (3) help parents and children become media literate; (4) help business and the media realize the consequences of selling products that glamorize violence and diminish human dignity; (5) encourage taxpayers to support education and the business community to supplement that support; (6) allow parents time off from work to spend time with their children, visit their children's school, or volunteer in the community; (7) encourage community agencies to coordinate their efforts; (8) effectively deal with problems caused by substance abuse, violence, and disrespect for others; (9) facilitate the cooperation of schools, parents, business, government, and community; and (10) involve parents in a substantive way. Six figures are included. (LMI)
Descriptors: Demography, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Social Change, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Technological Advancement, Trend Analysis, Violence
American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209 (Stock No. 21-000527; $7).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.